David Haagsma Extends Points Lead at Iron Mine Park
Cedar City, UT – H&M Motorsports’ David Haagsma took the Pro ATV win at round six of the 2015 Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels, at Iron Mine Race Park, extending his points lead over teammate and current champion, Beau Baron, who finished in second, while Collins Webster rounded out the Pro podium.
Heavy rain soaked the course overnight but dried out a bit before the Pro and Pro-am ATV classes, making for near perfect conditions for the start of the race, but heavy rain moved in during the middle of the race, which dramatically changed the track and presented a new challenge to the racers. Also, the WORCS-X section was an added with a mixture of logs and tires to challenge the racers along with a new tight section of track added on the other side of the railroad tracks was a welcomed challenge for the racers.
Maxxis’ David Haagsma got off to a second place start behind his team mate Beau Baron, and the battle was on for the lead as the pair swapped the lead back and forth, which made for one of the most exciting races of the year. The battle for the lead came down to the wire with Haagsma barely holding off Baron for the win.
ELKA’s Beau Baron grabbed the holeshot, but he lost the lead early in the race when he was confused by the course changes for the pro race, which allowed Haagsma to take over the lead. Baron followed Haagsma for several laps before making the pass for the lead at the midway point, but he dropped back to second place when he pitted for fuel heading into the final lap and Haagsma made the pass for the lead. Despite Baron’s best attempt, he wasn’t able to regain the lead and finished right behind Haagsma in the second spot.
H&M Motorsports’ Collins Webster, who recently signed on to the H&M Motorsports team was looking strong as well. Webster was running in the number three spot and stayed consistent even with the rain that came down at the midway point of the race and finished on the podium in third.
Pro Motorsports’ Jeff Hancock had a good race and stayed strong to finish in fourth place.
Robbie Mitchell was in third off the start but a mechanical issue took him out of the game early and sent him scrambling back to the pits. Mitchell was able to change out his engine and went back out to ride the final lap of the race.
In the Pro-am class, Mike Sloan claimed his sixth straight win of the season; extending his points lead even further over the competition as closes in on his second straight championship.
Alex Ortiz had a good weekend and came on strong despite the rain that moved in. Ortiz was riding smooth and consistent and held down the number three spot for several laps before taking over second. Once in second, Ortiz began to close in on the leader, Mike Sloan but ran out of time before he was able to get close enough to make a move and finished in second place.
David Flores was in second off the start and immediately started to challenge mike Sloan for the lead. Flores got by and started pulling away, but the rain moved in and he began to have issues and fell back for a third place finish.
Pro Motorsports’ Matt Hancock was in third off the start but in the third corner, Hancock was hit from behind and the two quads got stuck together, sending Hancock to the back of the pack, but he remounted and charged his way back up to a fourth place finish.
After a two month long summer break, round seven of the 2015 Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels series will head to Straddeline ORV Park in McCleary, WA on July31-August 2, where the points battles will heat up as the series heads into its final three rounds.